Tag Archives: biodiversity

Denizens of the Deep: Are Brittle Stars the Best House Guests?

Featured Pic: A colorful Ruby Brittle Star (Ophioderma rubicundum) in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Photo courtesy of NOAA. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute If you have ever seen a brittle star, you may have assumed that you were looking at the closely related starfish instead. Starfish and brittle stars are both members … Continue reading Denizens of the Deep: Are Brittle Stars the Best House Guests?

Global Ocean Refuge Partner Spotlight: MARE

  We are happy to shine this Global Ocean Refuge System Partner Spotlight on Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE)!   MARE’s mission is to explore and document the world’s oceans to support their conservation and management. Recognizing the lack of visual data available on deep sub-tidal habitats, and that accurate data is critical to inform … Continue reading Global Ocean Refuge Partner Spotlight: MARE

Global Ocean Refuge Partner Spotlight: Oceanic Global

We are thrilled to shine this Global Ocean Refuge System Partner Spotlight on Oceanic Global! The Oceanic Global Foundation engages new audiences in ocean conservation. The non-profit taps into universal passions to raise awareness for issues impacting our oceans and to provide individual and industry solutions that drive positive change.   Oceanic Global takes a uniquely … Continue reading Global Ocean Refuge Partner Spotlight: Oceanic Global

Rose Atoll Abides

A Special Island in A Sea of Change

Ten years ago this month in January 2009, President George W. Bush designated a small island and coral reef system in American Samoa a marine national monument, called Rose Atoll. It is named so after its rosy pink corals. The monument protects 10,000 square miles of ocean from any commercial fishing or other extraction. Since … Continue reading Rose Atoll Abides

How Marine Protected Areas are Safeguarding Our Ocean’s Vulnerable Top Predators

By GLORES Science Intern, Abbie Dosell Sharks are an essential part of marine ecosystems, asserting top-down control that maintains ecosystem balance. However, these beloved predators are consistently threatened by fisheries bycatch, pollution, habitat loss and shark finning. Shark finning alone is estimated to be responsible for the deaths of 73 million sharks annually. Sharks and … Continue reading How Marine Protected Areas are Safeguarding Our Ocean’s Vulnerable Top Predators

Global Biodiversity Protection

The Key Role of Locally Managed Marine Areas

  By Abbie Dosell,  Marine Conservation Institute GLORES Science Intern   Some of the world’s most biodiverse and ecologically valuable marine ecosystems are sporadically distributed among different regions and cultures globally. Due to this diversity, a one-size-fits-all marine protected area (MPA) framework is not sufficient to protect biodiversity. Locally Managed Marine Areas, or LMMAs, offer … Continue reading Global Biodiversity Protection

GLORES Partner Spotlight: SEVENSEAS Media

We are thrilled to shine this week’s Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on SEVENSEAS Media! SEVENSEAS Media is a media nonprofit and monthly e-magazine focusing on marine conservation. It is a leading free resource that connects and promotes an international network of scientists, researchers, students, and ocean lovers to news, job opportunities, and adventure. SEVENSEAS … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: SEVENSEAS Media

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Simon Pittman

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Simon Pittman, a member of our esteemed GLORES Science Council! Dr. Pittman is an Associate Researcher at the University of Plymouth in the UK and Director of Seascape Analytics. He has been instrumental in building the foundations for the newly emerging … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Simon Pittman

GLORES Accelerator Spotlight: Sin Azul No Hay Verde

We are thrilled to shine this week’s Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Sin Azul No Hay Verde, one of our first GLORES Accelerator partnerships! Sin Azul No Hay Verde, or “No Blue No Green” in English, is a marine conservation program of the Conservation Land Trust (CLT). CLT has worked for 25 years on … Continue reading GLORES Accelerator Spotlight: Sin Azul No Hay Verde

High Seas History in the Making

UN Talks on Protecting Marine Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Begin

Feature Pic: Elias Levy World leaders may soon make history for ocean wildlife. After more than a decade of halting progress, a UN Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) is convening for the next 10 days to negotiate a treaty to protect biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ), also known as the high seas. An agreement would … Continue reading High Seas History in the Making